PISA Panic?

The latest PISA results are about to be released to the public. How will the media spin the latest results? What outrage will surface? What drastic policy shifts will happen as a result? What pressure will be put on front line educators because of how their jurisdiction fares in the rankings? Why are we obsessed […]

#WellAtWork

December 1 is a great day to talk about educator wellness. We are 15 school days away from the only real relaxation time teachers get in the school year, but there are some incredibly long days between here and there. Last week I sat with other education leaders in Toronto as the #EdCan Network launched […]

But Do They Want to Come Back?

On the Friday of the very first week of school, my granddaughter Chloé cried and cried and cried. It was not because she didn’t like school, but because her mom had just told her there was no school for two more days. Even though her family had fun weekend activities planned, she wanted to be […]

What are you Not Doing?

Educators are the busiest people I know. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being busy all the time. There is no end to activities we could be doing. But if we really ask ourselves what we are trying to achieve, and if we really think about whether what we are doing is leading […]

First Day

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Today, my beautiful, curious, imaginative, creative, energetic, confident 4-year-old granddaughter begins her journey through the public school system. Will her teachers see her as the capable and competent child that she is? I am thinking about the words Yong Zhoa said to me in 2015. Children come into the school system […]

What Can We Share With Teachers New to the Profession?

We’ve asked colleagues to share their “goto” resources so that we can help new teachers build their professional learning networks, and quickly access quality resources to inform their evolving professional practice. We’d love to have you contribute to the conversation by filling out this form: Loading… Featured Image by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

The Power of Networks for School Improvement: Learning with Steven Katz (4)

Creating the Conditions for Focused Professional Learning (Part 2): The Learning Focus When you are in a classroom, and something isn’t working, you only have 2 choices: Change the kids, or change the teaching practice! Creating the conditions for focused professional learning is the FUNCTION of the network. How do we enable the kind of […]

The Power of Networks for School Improvement: Learning with Steven Katz (3)

Creating the Conditions for Focused Professional Learning (Part 1) How do we create a learning organization when there is a power differential? If we want to create a learning organization, so it must be safe for everyone to talk. [Does your school district/division demand compliance? Is rank switched on or off?] This creates the challenge. […]

The Power of Networks for School Improvement: Learning with Steven Katz (2)

The Power of Networks for School Improvement Just because we work in groups doesn’t mean good things will happen. Not all group work is good work. What are some of the potential PERILS of learning networks and learning communities? Quality Control – Anything spreads. [We see this in our online Professional Learning Networks]. A bad […]

The Power of Networks for School Improvement: Learning with Steven Katz (1)

Creating Networks for School Improvement We want to move from VERTICAL to HORIZONTAL capacity building so we can learn in at least three ways: Learn FROM one another [when I need information I don’t have] Learn WITH one another [when we all want to know] Learn ON BEHALF OF others [when we learn something we […]